The Study of English Reading Strategies for English Majors in Ielts

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The Study of English reading strategies for English majors in IELTS

English Education Department of College of Foreign Languages Capital Normal University
June 2012

Contents
I. Introduction…………………………………………………………………………3 II. Literature Review……………………………………………………………….….4 2.1 The definition of reading ……………………………………………………….4 2.2 The definition of English reading strategy ……………………………………..5 2.3 The reading test items in IELTS ……………………………………………….6 2.4 The English reading strategies in IELTS ………………………………………7 III. Research Methodology……………………………………………………………7 3.1 Instruments ...………………………………………………………………......7 3.2 Research Setting and sampling ………………………………………………...9 3.3 Design….…………………………………………………………………….....9 3.4 Analyzing Procedures………………………………..…………………………9 IV. Results and Discussion…………………………………………………………...10 4.1 Results ………………...………………………………………………………10 4.2 Discussion…………………………………………………………………..…12 V. Conclusion………………………………………………………………………..13 5.1 Major findings…………………………………………………………………13 5.2 Implications……………………………………………………………………14 5.3 Limitations…………………………………………………………………….15 5.4 Future studies……………………….…………………………………………15 VI. References………………………………………………………..………………15 Appendix …………………………………………………………………………….17

I. Introduction
1. Background of the research
Nowadays, more and more Chinese students choose to study or travel abroad, so English becomes more and more important. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international standardized test of English language proficiency (Wikipedia, 2011). It becomes one of the most popular exams for those who want to go abroad. In IELTS, reading is the most difficult part for many candidates, because in one hour candidates should finish 3 passages and 40 test items. And most candidates have problems either understanding the subject matter or completing all the sections. (Keller, 2010) Even English majors, can not do well in the reading test. They usually lose many scores in reading test. Almost every examinee wants to improve their standard of reading. Although they try to use some strategies which were taught by their teachers or trainers, they can’t use these strategies effectively. Many scholars (Li, 2010;Luo, 2010;Shen, 2011;Yao, 2011;Tierney, Robert J. 2000; Readence, John E., Hosenfeld, Carol, 2003) from home and abroad have noticed that the use of English reading strategies are very important and useful for candidates to do the English reading texts in IELTS. They also find that how to use various strategies effectively. For example, skimming is one of the most frequently used strategies in IELTS. “Skimming refers to reading a paragraph quickly to get an idea of what it is about, without trying to understand its details.” said by Dr Vivek(2009). 2. Significance of the research

Although teachers and trainers have introduced many strategies of English reading, most of the students, even English majors who take the exam of IELTS, always make many mistakes in the reading tests. In fact, many scholars (Li, 2010;Luo, 2010;Shen, 2011;Yao, 2011;Tierney, Robert J. 2000; Readence, John E., Hosenfeld, Carol, 2003) or teachers have already concluded various strategies for English reading test. For example, students or examinees should use the strategy “skimming” to reading a paragraph or a passage quickly to get an idea of what it is about, without trying to understand its details. However, many students, even English majors, just know the meaning of “skimming”, but cannot apply this strategy correctly and effectively to their reading test. In addition, because the time is limited, examiners do not have time to use the reading strategies he has learnt. Or maybe they haven’t developed the reading skills in his former study. Therefore, research in this area will be of great significance. This research aims to find out English Majors’ condition and the existing problem in...
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